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Alcoholism & Addiction

Understanding Alcohol-Related Disorders

Alcohol-related disorders is the collective name for a group of mental health conditions that revolve around the dysfunctional consumption of alcoholic beverages. These conditions appear in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in a chapter dedicated to all kinds of substance-related disorders. DSM 5, the new fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical...

People with Alcohol Dependence Manage Social Rejection Differently, Says Study

Not only is alcoholism a serious, progressive and life-threatening disease – it can also create a situation where the person finds maintaining a healthy social life almost impossible or sees their social relationships dissolve as they work through treatment and recovery. A study exploring the effects of the loss of social networks on people with alcohol addiction or dependence looked at specific ways the...

Glass of Alcoholic Beverage Half Empty…Type of Glass Hinders Ability to Notice

The type of glass used to consume an alcoholic beverage may have a stronger impact on how quickly the beverage is consumed than previously believed. Consequently, the phrase "pace yourself" may take on new meaning. A study from the U.K.’s Bristol School of Experimental Psychology brought 160 participants together to investigate whether glass type and size impacted their consumption. The participants...

Alcohol Affects Inflammatory Response after Injury

Heavy alcohol consumption is associated with a higher risk of injury. With inhibitions relaxed by alcohol, consumers often engage in risky behaviors and increase the likelihood of injury. A study from the Loyola University Health System offers evidence that injuries sustained while intoxicated may be more dangerous than previously understood. The researchers found that binge drinking could change the body’s...

Australian Government Criticized for Removing Alcohol Tax Reform from Agenda

Australia’s federal government has been criticized for taking alcohol tax reform off the agenda despite community concern about the impact of alcohol-fueled violence. The AAP reports that the Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation Foundation said the decision to overlook the Henry review’s recommendation for tax reform ignored the enormous social and economic cost posed by alcohol abuse. Foundation...

Mass. Senator Jailed After Failing Alcohol Test

A Massachusetts senator who blamed failed alcohol tests on his toothpaste was sentenced Monday to a year in jail for violating his probation in a hit-and-run accident and faces possible expulsion from the state Senate. The Associated Press reports that Cambridge Democrat Anthony Galluccio pleaded guilty last month to leaving the scene of an accident that caused minor injuries to a father and his 13-year-old son. As...

Postural Sway Due to Alcoholism Can Improve with Prolonged Sobriety

Excessive sway during quiet standing is a common and significant consequence of chronic alcoholism, even after prolonged sobriety, and can lead to fall-related injury and even death. Science Daily reports that a new study of residual postural instability in alcohol-abstinent men and women shows that alcoholics improve with prolonged sobriety, but the improvement may not fully erase the problem of instability....

Fruit Flies Behave Like Humans With Regard to Alcohol Consumption

When given the chance to consume alcohol at will, fruit flies behave in ways that look a lot like human alcoholism, according to a study published online on December 10th in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication. Science Daily reports that this study is one of the first to consider alcohol self-administration in the insects. "The flies choose to consume alcohol to intoxicating levels, they will do so even...

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